Tailored from £8,900 per couple excl. flights
9 days Okavango Delta, Johannesburg, Vilanculos
9 days Okavango Delta, Johannesburg, Vilanculos
The Delta and Dunes Honeymoon takes you deep into the heart of Botswana and the world-famous Okavango Delta. It’s then onwards for a special mix of worlds at the gorgeous Santorini Mozambique, enjoy Greek-style white-washed buildings and impeccable service at the vibrant Vilacnulos coast.
You begin this adventure in the Kwara concession of the Delta. You have 3 nights to explore this wild region from Kwara Camp. One of the larger concessions in the country, consisting of 232,000 hectares, Kwara is both remote and wild, its fly-in accessibility and minimal camps ensuring exclusivity and seclusion. The massive buffalo and elephant herds pulse with energy, their constant movement kicking up dust. Lion, cheetah and leopard patrol the open plains or skulk camouflaged in riverine forests. Kwara boasts excellent wild dog sightings.
Once you’ve sufficiently explored this wilderness you will connect through Maun to Johannesburg where you spend the night at a lovely boutique hotel.
Next, catch your flight direct to Vilanculos in Mozambique where your driver waits to take you to your final destination. Exotic, sun-baked beaches stretch on forever, the pristine landscape a superb horse-riding destination's "swimming" the horses is a memorable experience for riders of all levels. Turquoise oceans mirror heated azure skies and flow over a rugged shoreline.
This fantastic combination of safari and beach will offer you with new experiences, fantastic wildlife, luxury accommodation, exciting activities and of course that adventurous honeymoon getaway.
Today you arrive at Maun (MUB) and connect to your light aircraft flight through to Kwara airstrip. Enjoy this flight as you head down low across the stunning Okavango Delta landscape beneath you. On arrival, you will be met and transferred through the Kwara concession, the last short distance to Kwara Camp.
Kwara Camp overlooks a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta, its unobtrusive structure blending into the surrounding beauty of this exclusive concession. Nestled under towering trees Kwara’s location is convenient to expansive dry grasslands as well as permanent waterways, and this translates as year-round water and land activities. Intimate and unassuming, the camp offers a luxury and romantic experience in a sublime wildlife area.
Canvas and wood tents are built on raised platforms and enjoy superb views over the lagoon. Enjoy day and night game drives through the reserve, and boating and mokoro trips in search of the Delta’s wild inhabitants. At the end of a busy day, socialise around a campfire, the sounds of the bush an accompaniment to shared experiences.
You have two full days to enjoy your intrepid safari in the Kwando concession.
As the African sun takes its toll on the land, drying up the water sources, the riverfront becomes a thrilling hub of activity, the waterways of the Okavango Delta drawing the inhabitants with its promise of sustenance. During the cooler months (May to October) the elephant herds are more noticeable in the drier terrain. In summer the scenery comes alive with birdlife, the bright colours and myriad calls providing enthusiastic birders with plenty to keep them occupied.
As old as time, the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands has formed the heartbeat of Botswana. Seeping along the panhandle and into the largest inland delta system in the world, the water creates a uniquely beautiful National Heritage Site, the incoming tide of life bringing with it birth, transformation and replenishment. These ancient, cyclical changes provide an exceptional safari experience and the area supports vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as numerous antelope, giraffe, zebra and the ever-present predators.
A mokoro trip is a fantastic way to experience the wonders of the Okavango Delta. In the company of a professional poler with vast experience of the Delta, you will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique habitat and learn about the waterways and wildlife.
Your stay is inclusive of all activities; game drives, mokoro trips, boat cruise, seasonal fishing and walking safaris. You can head off-road and even on night game drives which gives you the best chance of seeing predators.
The Peech is an eco-chic boutique hotel situated in Johannesburg’s upmarket suburb of Melrose, located within a beautiful garden setting.
Contemporary décor, clean lines and modern art combine in chic style, the spacious interiors equipped for comfort. Colours are muted and consist of tones of grey and white with oak flooring. Luxury rooms have a designer steel screen separating dressing area from bedroom and stackable glass doors open onto a balcony or patio.
You can dine at either the laid-back but chic Garden restaurant or the brilliant Basalt restaurant which is open to the public. The hotel offers gym access to the local fitness centre or guests can cool off in one of the 2 outdoor pools on hot summer days.
This is the ideal location to relax and enjoy a small slice of Johannesburg before continuing on your honeymoon adventure.
Today you’re driven back to the airport to catch your scheduled direct flight through to Vilanculos.
This begins the final stage of your honeymoon. Catch your shared transfer through to Santorini Mozambique where you stay in a luxury suite to end your honeymoon in style.
This stunning seaside Greek-villa style property, 20 minutes north of Vilanculos, boasts unparalleled views of seas and pristine shores from its elevated position. Lush coastal vegetation provides a sense of privacy and a colour contrast to ocean blues and white sands.
An elegant ambiance flows throughout communal and private living spaces and a range of light, fresh accommodation is available. The main area’s large double doors open out to a pool and al fresco dining space. Upstairs salas boast exquisite sea vistas where guests can take advantage of gentle breezes. Superb meals may be shared in a social environment, or in idyllic, more personal settings.
You have three full days to soak up this incredible beach destination.
Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a much-coveted travel destination in Mozambique. It is known for its white sandy beaches, glistening turquoise waters and some of the best scuba-diving in the world.
As one of the largest marine reserves in the Indian Ocean, the archipelago supports over 2000 species of fish, as well as dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks. It also holds the largest population of Dugong in Mozambique.
Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and beach volleyball are all included for your stay to enjoy at your leisure. If feeling like getting out head on a guided tour of Vilanculos to explore the shops, bars, local markets and Machilla Magic Arts & Craft Centre, a private snorkelling trip with picnic lunch to Magaruque Island.
This area offers fantastic diving, snorkelling, horse riding, fishing and beach exploration for anyone looking to get busy. Or indeed soak up your gorgeous accommodation, lie by the pool, enjoy a cocktail and this laid-back luxury.
It is time to say farewell this morning as you check out of Santorini. You return to Vilanculos airport to catch your international flights home, bringing your amazing honeymoon to an end.
You have explored the bush by foot, in a car and on a mokoro all whilst spotting some incredible wildlife. You lay on the beach, soaked up the sun and sailed out on that sunset dhow as you watched the sunset all whilst staying in gorgeous luxury accommodation.
After nine days of exploration, we are sure you will be hooked on safari and the African continent! This little slice of heaven is just an introduction to so much more – where will you go next?